A cranky opinion on opinions for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man. Opposing views are welcome…they are wrong but still welcome and please no name calling; that means you, you big stupid head!
I have heard it said that opinions are like ass-holes, everybody has one. Well every Saturday I have an opinion along with my…you know. Many of my opinions are a bit tongue in cheek, some change from week to week. Some opinions get lots of comments, some get almost none. Most people are respectful, some get a little exercised, and sometimes my point is completely missed (poorly presented.)
A few of my opinions resulted in name calling even though I specifically state before each opinion post, no name calling. Most comments I am happy to say are completely respectful.
I wish this were true in our everyday life. Outside of my posts, it seems to me that most people are not respectful of other people’s opinions. All over the internet, in newspapers and on the TV news, most opinions are followed by name calling and doomsday predictions.
“You Liberal A-hole!”
“You Fox News goose stepping conservative radical!”
“Those are draconian measures, clearly racially motivated and mean spirited.”
“Another bleeding heart left wing fool trying to solve a problem by throwing money at it.”
“I disagree…IMPEACH HIM!”
“I disagree, FIRE HIM!”
There are opinions which are totally politically motivated; most are based on genuine convictions and beliefs. My wish for the New Year is for more considerate and respectful debates in our country. Most political opinions are neither right nor wrong; there is only a matter of degrees.
Raise or lower taxes?
99% tax on income is probably a little high…one half of one percent of income is probably too low. The effect of taxes is a matter of degrees. Taxes should be set at a rate which maximizes revenues without hurting the economy or putting an unfair burden on any group or individual. What is that rate?
Voter registration and validation, yes or no?
The system should assure that every voter is a legal voter, without discouraging or unduly inconveniencing any group or individual. What measures are effective? What measures are fair?
Gun control, good or bad?
The state should have the right to be reasonably sure that owners of guns are sane and responsible. Weapons should be for recreation, hunting or protection. Does anyone really want unlimited gun ownership by anyone, anytime anywhere? Toddlers? Mental patients? In the movie theater, the court room, school? Machine guns, bazookas, hand-grenades? The real argument over gun control should be the degree of control.
These and many opinions will never be completely settled in this land, but they can be discussed respectfully, the other guy is not always wrong; he may have a legitimate point if we listen. There needs to be compromise among reasonable people.
It is one thing to disagree with an opinion, it is another to insult and demean the person. As Dr. Phil often says, “no matter how thin you make a pancake there are always two sides”…well Dr. Phil is a complete idiot, so... never mind.
The preceding opinion was from a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.